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NetworkChange Class

Allows applications to receive notification when the Internet Protocol (IP) address of a network interface, also called a network card or adapter, changes.

Namespace:  System.Net.NetworkInformation
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

Public NotInheritable Class NetworkChange
Dim instance As NetworkChange

The NetworkChange class provides address change notification by raising NetworkAddressChanged events. An interface address can change for many reasons, such as a disconnected network cable, moving out of range of a wireless Local Area Network, or hardware failure.

To receive notification, you must identify your application's event handlers, which are one or more methods that perform your application-specific tasks each time the event is raised. To have a NetworkChange object call your event-handling methods when a NetworkAddressChanged event occurs, you must associate the methods with a NetworkAddressChangedEventHandler delegate, and add this delegate to the event.

The following code example listens for address changes and displays the status of network interfaces when a NetworkAddressChanged event occurs.

Imports System
Imports System.Net
Imports System.Net.NetworkInformation

Public Class NetworkingExample
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        AddHandler NetworkChange.NetworkAddressChanged, AddressOf AddressChangedCallback
        Console.WriteLine("Listening for address changes. Press any key to exit.")
    End Sub 'Main
    Private Shared Sub AddressChangedCallback(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)

        Dim adapters As NetworkInterface() = NetworkInterface.GetAllNetworkInterfaces()
        Dim n As NetworkInterface
        For Each n In adapters
            Console.WriteLine("   {0} is {1}", n.Name, n.OperationalStatus)
        Next n
    End Sub 
End Class
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.dll>
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Net;
using namespace System::Net::NetworkInformation;

void AddressChangedCallback(Object* /*sender*/, EventArgs* /*e*/)

    NetworkInterface* adapters[] = NetworkInterface::GetAllNetworkInterfaces();
    System::Collections::IEnumerator* myEnum = adapters->GetEnumerator();
    while (myEnum->MoveNext())
        NetworkInterface* n = __try_cast<NetworkInterface*>(myEnum->Current);
        Console::WriteLine(S"   {0} is {1}", n->Name, __box(n->OperationalStatus));

int main()
    NetworkChange::NetworkAddressChanged += new 
    Console::WriteLine(S"Listening for address changes. Press any key to exit.");


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0